Friday, February 18, 2011

Eating out with Kids in Japan

Eating out in Japan for us adults was a true delight. It was such a wonder of interesting tastes, smells and textures. The food was always so amazingly fresh and magnificently presented, although most of the time we had no idea what we were eating – we just knew it looked and tasted good. Thank God they have pictures on the menus!

I must admit l was worried about what my 2 year old would eat – but not overly worried as l know he will try anything you put in front of him and if he doesn’t like it he usually spits it out.

Breakfast was simple – we had a kitchen in our hotel room so it was honey toast, fruit yogurt and orange juice from the local supermarket – EASY

As for lunch and dinner Mr 2 tried everything from fresh sushi, soba noodles, tofu, prawn tempura, gyoza and fresh ginger chicken bites.We found the food markets and department stores were the best places to grab lunch as you could eat on the run and Mr 2 could eat little Japanese goodies in his pram.

Dinners were fun – early but fun. We did plan ahead (as anyone with a toddler knows) and would always choose a restaurant close to the hotel just in case of any unpredictable tantrums and tired tanties.

Every restaurant we visited in Kyoto made us feel welcome. A highchair was always quickly set up for Mr 2 and room was made for the pram or sleeping bag for Mr 3 months. Also everyplace we visited always had a plastic plate and bowl for Mr 2. They were usually covered with colourful Japanese characters which were fun and bright and kept him amused. We were also very spoilt at some restaurants – the staff just fell head over heels for Mr 2 and sometimes had small toys for him to take home; he was chuffed and loved all the special attention.

I didn’t record the names of all the restaurants we ate at, as there were simply too many to mention but l can confidently say they were all child friendly. We ate a mid-range restaurants in the back streets of Kyoto and had a few meals at the Kyoto train station complex - which has nine levels of shops and restaurants.

Stay tuned for my post on changing facilities!

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